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Subramanian.R

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The Collobarator for a Guru -1
« on: April 15, 2009, 12:15:46 PM »
It is  surprising how often the founder or renovator of a religion
has been accompanied by a collaborator or companion, often a
younger relative, sometimes 'the beloved disciple' who has in some
way completed his work, whether the human or esoteric or institutional or some other aspect of it.  It seems in fact, to be the
regular course of events.

Let us see two historical Hindu avatars, Rama and Krishna.  Rama
like Christ, left behind no book, no body of teaching.  That was done
by his Guru, Vasishta in the Yoga Vasishtam, one of the most sublime of scriptures.   The Ramayana the story of his life, is a story of perfect recitude, perfect dharma.  But a pattern of dharma is woven rather
in relationship than alone, and we see Rama accompanied by Lakshmana, the perfect brother and later he is  assisted by the perfect servitor Hanuman.  There is also Sita, the perfect wife who came to forest along with Rama.  But of the three, it is Lakshmana who fills the role we are here considering, a collaborator.  Laksmana behaved towards him with unswerving loyalty and to Sita, he had friendliness and devotion as to a mother.

Krishna was also accompanied by many people who can be examined for this role.  First, there was Balarama.  He was more massive and he is said to be exuberant ( in the symblism of his intoxication with liquor).  Later comes Arjuna.  It is Arjuna, who took the teachings of Krishna all to himself even though Bhagavad Gita was intended as a teaching for the whole world.  In fact, Arjuna and Krishna are proclaimed by some ancient texts as Nara-Narayana, the individual soul and the Universal Soul.  Hence Arjuna only fits the bill.

Then comes Buddhism. Buddha is often depicted in iconography accompanied by his younger cousin, the beloved disciple Ananda.
Ananda was not the most advanced of the disciples.  He is sometimes referred to as the most backward.  As late as the death of Buddha, he went aside and wept with chagrin because he had not yet attained
Realization.  But he was a faithful attendant of Buddha and was conspicuous for his love and compassion.  There is a story that when women disciples wanted to join the Sangha, they were afraid to go to Buddah, lest he should refuse, and so they went to Ananda to plead their cause.  And Ananda's plea was successful.

(Source: Be Still, It is the Wind that sings.  Arthur Osborne.)

Arunachala Siva.     

matthias

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Re: The Collobarator for a Guru -1
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2009, 03:28:13 PM »
among the women was the wife of buddha